Richard Parncutt

Richard Parncutt is a music psychologist with qualifications in music and physics from the University of Melbourne and an interdisciplinary PhD in psychology, music and physics from the University of New England, Australia. Since 1998, he has been Professor of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, Austria. He is or was a board member of all leading music psychology journals, founding academic editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (JIMS), and (co-) founder of three conference series: Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM), Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR), and International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus). His research involves music theory, music acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound and music computing, music information retrieval, music sociology, music philosophy, music history, ethnomusicologymusic education, interculturality, and interdisciplinarityHis publications address musical structure (pitch, consonance, harmony, tonality, tension, rhythm, meter, accent), music performance (psychology, piano, applications), the origins of tonality and of music, and musicological interdisciplinarity. His research has appeared in Music Perception, Musicae Scientiae, Perception & Psychophysics, Journal of New Music Research, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Music Performance Research, Australian Journal of Psychology, Contemporary Music Review, Perspectives of New Music, and Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale. He was guest researcher with Ernst Terhardt (Munich), Johan Sundberg (Stockholm), Annabel Cohen (Halifax, Canada), Al Bregman (Montreal), and John Sloboda (Keele, England).

Best recent publications
  • Parncutt, R. (2013). Major-minor tonality, Schenkerian prolongation, and emotion: A commentary on Huron and Davis ('12). Empirical Musicology Review. pdf
  • Koegeler, M., & Parncutt, R. (Eds., 2013). Interculturality: Practice meets research. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. html
  • Dahlig-Turek, E., Klotz, S., Parncutt, R., & Wiering, F. (Eds.) (2012). Musicology (Re-) Mapped. Strasbourg: European Science Foundation. html pdf
  • Parncutt, R., & Hair, G. (2011). Consonance and dissonance in theory and psychology: Disentangling dissonant dichotomies. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, 5 (2), 119-166. pdf
  • Parncutt, R. (2011). The tonic as triad: Key profiles as pitch salience profiles of tonic triads. Music Perception, 28, 333-365. pdf 

Best older publications
  • Parncutt, R. (2009). Prenatal and infant conditioning, the mother schema, and the origins of music and religion. Musicae Scientiae, Special issue on Music and Evolution (Ed. O. Vitouch & O. Ladinig), 119-150. pdf 
  • Parncutt, R., & McPherson, G. E. (Eds., 2002). The science and psychology of music performance: Creative strategies for teaching and learning. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-513810-4. oup info abstracts and reviews
  • Parncutt, R., Sloboda, J. A., Clarke, E. F., Raekallio, M., & Desain, P. (1997). An ergonomic model of keyboard fingering for melodic fragments. Music Perception, 14, 341-382. pdf 0.3 MB
  • Parncutt, R. (1994). A perceptual model of pulse salience and metrical accent in musical rhythms. Music Perception, 11, 409-464. pdf 1.5 MB
  • Parncutt, R. (1989). Harmony: A psychoacoustical approach. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-51279-9; 0-387-51279-9. reviews and downloads citations
  • Parncutt, R. (1988). Revision of Terhardt's psychoacoustical model of the root(s) of a musical chord. Music Perception, 6, 65-94. pdf 1.3 MB

Curriculum vitae

Photography: Sissi Furgler


Richard Parncutt, Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz